How does diabetes affect the animal?
In order to be able to excrete the excess blood sugar, a diabetic animal must drink very large quantities and accordingly excrete more. Although diabetic animals eat more than usual - many develop cravings - they often lose weight. Debt is the insulin deficiency, which prevents a correct utilization of the food. Diabetic cats are more likely to be affected by lack of appetite and vomiting. In some, the disease is also noticeable by a changed gait, which is due to a flatter footing of the hindquarters.
Since the body cells only little or no energy can be supplied, the entire body is affected: A dull coat, but also damage to the liver, kidneys and brain are possible consequences. In dogs, visual disturbances due to lens opacification can also occur. This so-called diabetic cataract can lead to blindness.
- increased drinking
- increased urination
- Increased feed intake with simultaneous weight loss
- Appetite deficiency and vomiting in cats.
Dog and cat owners who observe such changes in their pet should not wait long. A vet visit provides certainty. By early treatment and proper nutrition, even a diabetic animal can enjoy a long life.